Shelter Staff

City of Waco Animal Shelter Staff

Luis Leyva, Animal Shelter Supervisor - (254) 750-7082 - Email 

Joel Sanchez, Animal Control Manager - (254) 750 -1766 - Email

Joel Sanchez became an Animal Control Officer in Sept 2006.  In October 2007, he transferred to Hewitt and worked as their Animal Control Officer before coming back to Waco in March 2008 as the supervisor for Waco Animal Control.  He's seen the shelter progress and grow over the years and witness the transformation from reactive to proactive. Joel is amazed by the partnerships with all the animal welfare organizations that have joined forces here in Waco. Showshoe Siamese, Opossum, is a great listener and loves to hear all it and all about Joel's day!

Dr. Ronald Epps, Animal Shelter Veterinarian - (254) 750-7083 - Email

Dr. Ronald (Ron) Epps was hired by the City of Waco to be the full-time veterinarian at the Waco Animal Shelter in February 2015. Originally from Dallas, Dr. Epps attended Texas A&M University, where he acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science. He then received his Master of Science in Epidemiology, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He later opened his own small animal and exotic practice in Bedford, Texas, where he practiced for 20 years. He and his wife Barbara have three daughters and six grandchildren.